Police in Arizona have made an arrest in connection with a woman who gave birth while in a vegetative state.
The 36-year-old suspect, Nathan Sutherland, was arrested after investigators obtained a DNA sample Tuesday, according to the Phoenix Police Department. Police said that they had determined that his DNA matched the baby’s DNA and he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail without bond on Tuesday after being charged with one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault.
Authorities said he was responsible for caring for the woman at the time of the alleged abuse that appears to have resulted in the pregnancy, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department announced in a press conference Wednesday.
Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix since 2011, police said.
He was identified as a person who had access to the victim in the case, and investigators obtained a DNA sample from him yesterday using a court order, police said.
Sutherland was not working at the time police retrieved the evidence.
The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual